Today I yelled at a barista….

…but I swear he deserved it.

So what had happen was -

It was 7:30am this morning when I enter the Startbucks near my work. There was no line so I walked right up to the corner. Where two workers were standing, talking quite passionately about something.One of them greeted me, asked me how I was and took my order. When I asked how he was, he gave a big sigh and confessed, ” To be completely honest,  I’m pretty pissed.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Is everything ok?” I asked genuinely concerned.

“No. It’s not. Fucking police are actually enforcing the new no-smoking restriction on our patio.”, He said, slamming his fist on the counter to empathize his anger. ( he really did. I almost laughed in his face.)

“Well, no offense, but as a non-smoking that makes me happy.” I say.

“Well, I’m not gonna fucking put up with it. I’ll just leave my wallet at home and refuse to give my name. Fuck ‘em.  If I want to smoke outside well that’s my fucking right as an American citizen.” He responses getting loud.

“Sure, I can see how you might think that, ” I begin, keeping my calm…surprisingly, “But you know what’s my fucking American right?”

“What?” he said with an air of I-don’t-fucking-care.

“It’s my fucking right to not be directly effected by your poor life choices. Which, argue all you want, smoking is a poor life choice. It’s scientifically proven. And when I have to walk through a patio shared by several stores like the one outside your establishment, inhaling second hand smoke that causes me to cough, get watery eyes and a scratchy throat, not to mention damaging my lungs,it’s directly effecting me.I’m not gonna tell you not to smoke, it’s your life, but don’t you dare insist you have the right to force me to inhale your toxic waste. And by staying in this country you agree to follow all laws and restrictions set by state and federal government. That’s your American right.Yow don’t like it, plenty of other fucking countries. Hang a map, throw a dart. You also, have the American right to fight against anything you don’t like, in a civil manner that is. I doubt you’d get a many people on board, but by all means, protest the no smoking thing. But don’t think it’s an actually American right to smoke in a public area. And don’t say it out loud, you sound stupid.”

And with that I walked to the other end of the counter and waited for my latte.

And I’m not even all that “GO USA!”.

It’s just…

People like that infuriate me.

 So, I gave it to him.

Happy 2012 guys.

XOXO – Crys

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